BMW M5 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Introduction

BMW M5 CS 2021 front
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 front
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior rear seats
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 front right tracking
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 rear right tracking
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 right tracking
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 grille detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 rear detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior driver display
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior front seat
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 boot open
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 front
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior rear seats
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 front right tracking
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 rear right tracking
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 right tracking
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 grille detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 rear detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior driver display
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior front seat
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 interior detail
  • BMW M5 CS 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

“The best defence is a good offence” doesn't just apply to sports and military combat – it’s equally relevant to the car you’re reading about: the BMW M5.

This sixth-generation M5 has been on sale for less than five years, yet BMW just keeps on releasing new versions with even more power and ability to take on its similarly extreme super-saloon rivals.

With a smattering of carbon-fibre body panels, forged 20in wheels, standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon-backed lightweight seats, it's a good 70kg lighter than the Competition. That, combined with more performance-focused dampers from the BMW M8 Gran Coupe and a revised steering set-up, means the CS should, in theory, feel even more precise in the bends. 

So should you stick with the already superb Competition or fork out a bit extra for the CS? And do either of these M5s have what it takes to outperform a truly superb selection of rivals in the form of the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Mercedes-AMG E63 and Audi RS6?

That’s what the next few pages of this review will tell you. Even if you’re not in the market for a 190mph super saloon, we can save you a good few quid on nearly any make and model of vehicle through the free What Car? New Car Buying service, which features some particularly tempting BMW M5 deals

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RRP price range £104,380 - £123,380
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 25.4 - 25.4
Available doors options 4
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £7,579 / £8,985
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £15,157 / £17,969
Available colours